Sounder Events Calendar starting October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22 2012

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Upcoming Events

Tues., Oct. 23 - Regular meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo Board. 7 p.m. at the RDN Offices on Hammond Bay Rd. in Nanaimo. Full agenda available on

Wed., Oct. 24 - Gabriolans are asked to join (at noon) thousands for a BC-wide day of action at local MLA offices to join an “unbroken wall of opposition” to the Enbridge tar sands pipeline and tanker plan.

Thurs., Oct. 25 - Live Music at Woodfire! New Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the talented and ever popular duo of Amber Handley and Brad Shipley as you feast on the delightful flavours of Woodfire. Reservations recommended. Call 250-247-0095. 

Thurs., Oct. 25 - Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Kick-Off at Gabriola Fellowship Church at 7 pm, all are welcome, refreshments served.  See you there.

Fri., Oct. 26 - Coffeehouse on Gabriola featuring Bowker Creek. An apt name for this five-piece string band, as its members have their roots firmly established in Victoria, and most live within a “banjo’s throw” of historic Bowker Creek, that winds through the capital city. From October to March, Coffeehouse will take place in the Haven dining room from 7:30 to 10 with open stage till 9 when the feature will perform.

Fri./Sat. Oct 26/27 - The Council of Canadians is holding its national conference in Nanaimo with the theme Making Waves - Sinking the Harper Agenda. Friday evening from 7-9 pm, Gabriola’s Save Our Shores SOS group will be present at the public forum at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre to which everyone is invited. On Saturday 27th SOS and other Gabriolans will join the C of C rally/march at 1:00 - 1-:50 pm beginning and ending at Pioneer Plaza, right near the Bastion.

Sat., Oct. 27 - My Library Card Gets Me What? 2 p.m. at the Gabriola Public Library. This special program in celebration of Canadian Library Month will showcase some of our electronic resources including VIRL Library to Go, Freegal, Auto Repair Reference Centre and Ancestry Library Edition.

Sat. & Sun., Oct. 27 & 28 - The Canadian Firearms Non-Restricted Safety Programme (rifles/shotguns) will be offered Oct. 27 and 28 and the Restricted (handgun) course on Saturday, Nov. 3. These courses are required for the Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) application which allows a person to carry, buy or inherit a firearm. Phone Imelda at 250-247-8801 for registration/course information.

Sat., October 27 - You are cordially invited to the grand opening of the Pumphouse Gallery Art School. 2 to 5 pm. Refreshments, registration, 250-325-2029 or 250-247-9445.

Sun., Oct. 28 - In memory of Ken Capon, the Commons is having a celebration hosting a silent walking of the Labyrinth of the Commons at 11:30. All welcome to attend.

Sun., Oct. 28 - GaLTT work party. The Petroglyph Park (it’s not a park) has a feeling that ancient things happened, of which we have no idea. Very mysterious. Please note the change from the regular start time, we will be meeting at 2:30 pm. at the Petroglyph Trail, on Petroglyph Road, three days before Halloween. There may also be a secret revealed at that time.

Tues., Oct. 30 - Meeting of the Electoral Area ‘B’ Parks And Open Space Advisory Committee. 7-9 p.m. at the WI Hall.

Tues., Oct. 30 - Radio After Dark is once again casting spells of hilarity and horror as they recreate the Golden Age of Radio in live performances of The Revenant and Our Miss Brooks Halloween Show, complete with sound effects, period costumes and the occasional hysterical blooper! The audience will be transported into a labyrinth world of fear and suspense only to be left laughing out loud at the classic gags and one liners that had millions glued to their radios during the 30s, 40s and 50s. Playing at the Gabriola Golf Club, showtime 7:00pm, Tix $15- available at Artworks of the Golf Club.

Wed., Oct. 31 - Companions through Grief Support Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Call Carroll at 250-247-7213 or Jeanne at 250-325-6437.

Wed., Oct. 31 - Annual Halloween Fireworks Show from the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department. Fireworks at 7 p.m. at Twin Beaches. Hot dogs and other treats served up by the Firefighters Association.

Wed., Oct. 31 - Deadline to sign up for the Christmas Craft Fair at the Commons. Fair takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 at the  Commons. Table rentals available for $20 plus one food donation for the PHC Food Bank. Please contact Stef Marrie at 250-247-7174 or for details.

Thurs., Nov. 1 - Regular Meeting of the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee. 10:15 a.m. at the Gabriola WI Hall on South Road. Agenda available on

Thurs., Nov. 1 - NFB Film Club: Surviving Progress. 6 p.m. at the Gabriola Public Library. A thought-provoking evening with a screening of the National Film Board documentary, Surviving Progress, a film inspired by Ronald Wright’s bestselling book, A Short History of Progress.

Fri. & Sat., Nov. 2 & 3 - Leave Home: solo show of work by Nanaimo-based Mia Tremblay, award-winning and much lauded graduate of both Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Friday from 7-10 p.m. (including artist talk at 7 p.m.) and Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. At Sheila Norgate’s Keep Calm and Carry On Gallery 1156 Suzanne Avenue Gabriola. Don’t miss this chance to catch a glimpse of a rising star. Info: 250-247-7308.

Sat., Nov. 3 - Hysterically Accurate and Back by Popular Demand!! The Cult of Brother XII - The Musical Returns For One Last Performance! 7:00pm at the Haven. Tickets $15- @ Artworks.

Sun. Nov. 4: Gabriola Photography Club fall show & sale, 12 - 4 pm, Rollo Centre. Free admission, door prizes, framed prints, cards, slide show & more. Come be inspired!

Tues., Nov. 6 - Family Storytime at the Gabriola Library. 10:30 am. Drop in with your baby or tot for songs, stories and rhymes. No registration required.

Tues., Nov. 6 - Friends of the Library will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 1:30 November 6th in the room upstairs from Robert’s Place.  All welcome.

Sat., Nov. 17 and Sun., Nov. 18 - Gabriola Crafters is having a Christmas Sale at the Community Hall. 10-4 on Saturday; 11-3 on Sunday. For more information please call Maxine at 250-247-9316.

Sat., Nov. 17 - The Jingle Bell Craft Fair will be held from 10 am until 3 pm at the Gabriola Golf Club.


Weekly Events

The Gabriola Museum is now closed for the season. Visitation is by appointment only.  Call 250-247-9987 or email or visit

Fridays and Saturdays only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Gabriola Visitor Information Centre at Twin Beaches Mall on Taylor Bay Road is open.

Saturdays - Teen Night at the Gathering Place from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Saturdays - Workbees at the Commons. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To do: many ongoing things around the Commons. Bring: gloves, shovel, hand trowel, other tools you find useful. 

AA meets at the WI Hall on South Road. Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. Also meets on Fridays at noon. For more information contact 250-753-7513.

Mondays - Al-Anon is a mutual support program for people who are currently, or have been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets at 7 p.m. at the WI Hall. For info call 250-247-2030.


Upcoming Festivals and Events 

Sat., Nov. 24 - Introduction to eBooks. 2 p.m. at the Gabriola Public Library. Learn step-by-step how to download eBooks onto your computer or eReader.

December 1: Gabriola Elementary School Christmas Craft Fair: Sign up day for the Christmas Craft Fair at the Gabriola Elementary School will be on Fri., Oct. 12. Sign-up is from 9 to 10 am in the school multi-purpose room. The Christmas Craft Fair at the School will be from 10am-4pm. The cost for vendor space is $60. Contact Laura at 250-247-9549 or Heather at 250-247-9930 for more info.

December 1: Gabriola Commons Craft Fair. Deadline to sign up for the fair is October 31. Table rentals available for $20 plus one food donation for the PHC Food Bank. Please contact Stef Marrie at 250-247-7174 or for details.January 1, 2013: Annual Gabriola Polar Bear Swim. Location and time TBA.

Tues. Dec. 11 - Family Storytime at the Gabriola Library. 10:30 am. Drop in with your baby or tot for songs, stories and rhymes. No registration required.

Saturday Dec., 15 - Agi Association Christmas Craft Fair: The Gabriola Agricultural Association is holding their annual Christmas Fair at the Community Hall. This year’s Christmas Fair is now being held Saturday, Dec 15 (one day only) from 11am-6pm at the Community Hall. To reserve a space, please e-mail Tannie at or call 250-247-8216 by November 24.

January 1, 2013: Annual Gabriola Polar Bear Swim. Location and time TBA.